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Social Media: Antisemitism

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN 61016, tabled on 20 January 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with social media companies on anti-Semitic content on their platforms.

Answered on

25 January 2017

Formal negotiation with the internet industry to tackle online hate crime. including anti-Semitic content, has been led by officials from across government, primarily within the Cyber-Hate Working Group and latterly within the Internet Sub-Group of the European Commission High Level Group on Hate Crime. Both of these have led to voluntary agreements being drawn up concerning the code of conduct of industry bodies and their response to complaints from members of the public, for example:

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/fundamental-rights/files/hate_speech_code_of_conduct_en.pdf

The Government's Hate Crime Action Plan, published last July, includes a commitment to bring Ministers from across Whitehall together with industry bodies, victims and academics to discuss challenges and future opportunities to collaborate.

Answered by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government